Australia A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Brisbane, 3rd day July 15, 2014

Ojha ton, Yadav 90 give India A lead

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Australia A 0 for 0 and 423 trail India A 501 (Ojha 110, Yadav 90, Sayers 5-84) by 78 runs
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Naman Ojha's spectacular form came to India A's rescue as he compiled a third century in as many innings. He was dismissed, for the first time on the tour, for 110 as the visitors recovered from 6 for 268 to snatch a lead, which swelled to 78 courtesy Umesh Yadav providing his rendition of when tailenders attack, smashing 90 off 66 balls. There was time for just one ball in Australia A's second innings before bad light stopped play.

Australia A might have been hopeful of forcing a result when seamer Chadd Sayers struck on either side of drinks to complete his sixth five-wicket haul. However, Ojha strode out and stroked his first ball to the cover boundary and scorched Nathan Lyon for a six in the next over to lead a counterattack. India had laboured for 34 runs and lost both overnight batsmen - Manoj Tiwary (63) and B Aparajith (28 off 108 balls) - in 15 overs before Ojha's arrival, but since he took strike, 67 runs flowed in nine overs as Australia A waited for the new ball.

Success was found immediately once they took it, though, as Ambati Rayudu perished in the 82nd over ending an 69-run stand for the sixth wicket on the stroke of lunch. The deficit was still in excess of 100 when Australia resorted to spin which enhanced Ojha's threat considerably. He walloped Lyon for 14 runs in 95th over and the offspinner finished wicketless, conceding 147 runs in his 30 overs. Legspinner Cameron Boyce was a muted threat as well, conceding 101 in 23 overs. Yet the bulk of the work was shared among them and the new-ball bowlers, while James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh were limited to 10 and 12 overs each.

Ojha's dismissal in the 112th over provided little relief for the hosts as Yadav too opened his account with a four and followed the same script. Yadav was 24 when last man Jasprit Bumrah came in, but the duo added 82 runs in 89 balls. Spin fed this stand as well, with Yadav lacing 40 off 29 balls from Lyon and 20 off 15 from Boyce. He had already collected a five wickets in the first innings and seemed headed towards sweeter rewards as he went from 73 to 87 in three lusty blows before perishing in search of another.

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  • on July 16, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @Shaggy : That's true. What a shame Lyon can't play country cricket. Or league cricket. Or club cricket. Or any of the other hundreds of competitive matches in the Northern hemisphere.

    I'd also argue playing 'well' is generous. Lyon has been adequate for a while but only ever excelled on debut. It's remarkable he's still in the side given how many times he has been dropped, but then the selectors have only passed him over for guys who anyone could tell you would do much worse. (Picking Doherty when he was averaging over 40 for the season defied all belief)

  • on July 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Anubhav Agrawal on (July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT) You said, "Have the pitches all over the world gone bad."

    Yes, At least, seems so.

    And, bowlers all over the world are doing more practice in batting. That is one of the better ways for them to get a lucrative contract in league cricket.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to excuse himself from Test cricket (low chance); half way through this series, we can fly Naman Ojha in in just a day or two. He is in form and ready to go! What say, Dhoni? (But, for me the man for the long run is Sanju Samson, though)

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Taking a que from Jimmy Anderson, Umesh Yadav seems to be getting ready to grab a MOM award for batting.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Have the pitches all over the world gone bad.

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Jarred Hansen; We have a test series coming up against Pakistan the incumbent spinner who has performed well recently at test level could do with some match practise. What about this doesn't make sense? I would have thought winning our next test match was the most important thing.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Umesh Yadav scores 90 and now Australia A are 202 for 0 wicket jeesh how flat are these wickets

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Ashokdmightyindian; Firstly, Ishant Sharma is your best bowler unfortunately cruelled by the pitches India serve up for him and an extremely negative captain who has no idea how to set a field to a pace bowler. Look at the most recent away series he was your best bowler in South Africa and New Zealand. Even in England he took the first three wickets before Dhoni realised he was too attacking. 2) Lyon has played in Sri Lanka and done extremely well and no recent off-spinner has a better record on AUstralian soil. Since returning to the test team after the Aussies mucked around with other alternatives we are 7 wins and 2 losses from 11 tests. Finally how did your boys go against the POms after us and Sri Lanka reduced them to an absolute rabble shorely the stage was completely set for India to finally break through and win a game on foreign soil?

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 16, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @shaggy076 says "this is an off season for lyon" lolzz when was the last time he had a good one? Congratulations Aussies you have found your own Ishant sharma!!he is a pathetic spinner. Oh boy! Pakistan will be licking their lips.Come on lyon, show what you can do!!He surely will be smacked all around the park.Another homework gate awaiting Australia!

  • on July 16, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx : "There is nothing to suggest [O'Keefe] would have gone better than Lyon today. "

    There's a few things. A better first class average, a better first class strike rate, consistently being the best performing spinner in the Shield, the fact that he has outplayed Lyon in every match they have played together in the Shield.

    @Shaggy076: "Lyon recent test record has been great and there is no way his place in danger. This is essentially Australias off season and Lyon just doing some pre-season training now on flat slow decks really why read anything into it at all? "

    We can read into it because if he's in the squad just to get his eye in it's coming at the expense of a place for another young player who might have something to offer the national team.

  • on July 16, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @Shaggy : That's true. What a shame Lyon can't play country cricket. Or league cricket. Or club cricket. Or any of the other hundreds of competitive matches in the Northern hemisphere.

    I'd also argue playing 'well' is generous. Lyon has been adequate for a while but only ever excelled on debut. It's remarkable he's still in the side given how many times he has been dropped, but then the selectors have only passed him over for guys who anyone could tell you would do much worse. (Picking Doherty when he was averaging over 40 for the season defied all belief)

  • on July 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Anubhav Agrawal on (July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT) You said, "Have the pitches all over the world gone bad."

    Yes, At least, seems so.

    And, bowlers all over the world are doing more practice in batting. That is one of the better ways for them to get a lucrative contract in league cricket.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to excuse himself from Test cricket (low chance); half way through this series, we can fly Naman Ojha in in just a day or two. He is in form and ready to go! What say, Dhoni? (But, for me the man for the long run is Sanju Samson, though)

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Taking a que from Jimmy Anderson, Umesh Yadav seems to be getting ready to grab a MOM award for batting.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Have the pitches all over the world gone bad.

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Jarred Hansen; We have a test series coming up against Pakistan the incumbent spinner who has performed well recently at test level could do with some match practise. What about this doesn't make sense? I would have thought winning our next test match was the most important thing.

  • on July 16, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Umesh Yadav scores 90 and now Australia A are 202 for 0 wicket jeesh how flat are these wickets

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Ashokdmightyindian; Firstly, Ishant Sharma is your best bowler unfortunately cruelled by the pitches India serve up for him and an extremely negative captain who has no idea how to set a field to a pace bowler. Look at the most recent away series he was your best bowler in South Africa and New Zealand. Even in England he took the first three wickets before Dhoni realised he was too attacking. 2) Lyon has played in Sri Lanka and done extremely well and no recent off-spinner has a better record on AUstralian soil. Since returning to the test team after the Aussies mucked around with other alternatives we are 7 wins and 2 losses from 11 tests. Finally how did your boys go against the POms after us and Sri Lanka reduced them to an absolute rabble shorely the stage was completely set for India to finally break through and win a game on foreign soil?

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 16, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @shaggy076 says "this is an off season for lyon" lolzz when was the last time he had a good one? Congratulations Aussies you have found your own Ishant sharma!!he is a pathetic spinner. Oh boy! Pakistan will be licking their lips.Come on lyon, show what you can do!!He surely will be smacked all around the park.Another homework gate awaiting Australia!

  • on July 16, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx : "There is nothing to suggest [O'Keefe] would have gone better than Lyon today. "

    There's a few things. A better first class average, a better first class strike rate, consistently being the best performing spinner in the Shield, the fact that he has outplayed Lyon in every match they have played together in the Shield.

    @Shaggy076: "Lyon recent test record has been great and there is no way his place in danger. This is essentially Australias off season and Lyon just doing some pre-season training now on flat slow decks really why read anything into it at all? "

    We can read into it because if he's in the squad just to get his eye in it's coming at the expense of a place for another young player who might have something to offer the national team.

  • on July 16, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Australia have found a good one in Sayers. He's quite similar to Peter Siddle in terms of style. But getting 5-84 in an Australia A game is a perfect way to put your hand up for selection in the National Squad.

  • Shaggy076 on July 15, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Lyon recent test record has been great and there is no way his place in danger. This is essentially Australias off season and Lyon just doing some pre-season training now on flat slow decks really why read anything into it at all?

  • on July 15, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    ojha is the best keeper batsmen after dhoni

  • on July 15, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Yes India should play Umesh Yadav, Bhuvanesh Kumar and Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma and rotate them according to the conditions. And each one of them will be eager to give his best if they are rotated in tests according to the conditions of the pitch. If there place is confirmed, they would relax. Just see in case of M. Vijay, since already Gambhir is standby to grab the opener's slot, Vijay made sure with his performance that he cannot be dropped at least for the next two tests.

  • Johnny_129 on July 15, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Umesh Yadav should be rushed over to England - He should have been included in India's squad in the first place. Yadav is the only Indian bowler with reasonable pace although Aaron is also capable of pace. India's pace attack should be Yadav, Aaron, Shami & Bhuvi.

  • switchmitch on July 15, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Looks like neither team has good bowlers who can take wickets. We're probably going to witness an even leaner patch than the last decade, as far as bowling stocks are concerned. There is no sight of any promising, exciting fast bowling talent or of mystery spinners (not the long sleeved variety) in any country. At least both the teams have decent batsmen, which is a small saving grace. Ambati Rayudu does not belong to that category though.

  • AKS286 on July 15, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Lyon again failed to bowl maidens. At least he has the capacity to take the wicket of Umesh Yadava. Ojha is a bright prospect for Indians. But still Oz A side lack Bird, Mcdermott, Tremain, Coulter, Pattinson & Kane. Beer is a decent good spinner.

  • j4884 on July 15, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Well done Umesh! Good batting. But more importantly 5 wickets on this flat pitch!! He bowled beautifully...Its really baffling why Umesh was left out of the India squad for the test matches. He is the best TEST match bowler for India. He is not an ODI or T20 bowler as he can be expensive but he is a wicket taking bowler something which India lacks in test matches. He can swing the new ball at 145+ pace and is a very good exponent of the reverse swing as well. If he can improve on his accuracy a bit, he will easily be the best bowler for India. His strike rate is the best for an Indian bowler in Tests at the moment. Hopefully the selectors get some sense and put him on the plane to England. Its really unfair why a talented bowler like Umesh is being ignored but bowlers like Ishant gets so many chances...

  • xtrafalgarx on July 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    @Jared Hansen: Players always look better when they are not playing. There is nothing to suggest he would have gone better than Lyon today.

    @LJ253: Far, far to early to say that. According to an article on the cricket Australia site, Lyon did not bowl his new delivery as it is still in the woodshed. Murali said to him it will take at least 4 months for to be able to deliver it at will.

    Also Lyon's the kind of guy who steps up as more pressure is put on him.

  • Nampally on July 15, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Umesh Yadev was dropped from the Indian team touring England now. Instead Umesh made hay in sunshine with a great all round display - 5 wickets performance in bowling & following up with a swash buckling innings of 90 @ a S/R of 135 to put Team India on Top! Let your performance do the talking for you. I was very disappointed when Umesh was dropped from the Indian Team. He is #1 Seamer now. India has Yadev & Aaron @ 145 to 150 KPH range fast bowlers- not utilised. This genuine pace is badly needed on relatively dry pitches in England, this year. Team India A has gained what Team India in UK have lost- a genuine fast bowler in form. Naman ojha has showed that his form in IPL is not a flash in the pan by scoring a double century followed by 2 centuries in the 3 innings that he has played in Australia with India A. He has been the best batsman on either side but his progress is stopped by Dhoni, reserving the WK spot as the Captain. Tiwary is also in good form- 3 guys to watch!

  • on July 15, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Lyon's role in the team is to hold up his end and keep it tight which he is very good at while Australia's strike bowlers take most of the wickets. He gets his wickets cause all the batsmen try and see of MJ and Harris and Co and think Lyon is easy game so they take him on and they lose their wicket, look how many he got during the ashes and in SA too as he took more wickets than Philander and Morkel.

  • IndianInnerEdge on July 15, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Looks like its happy hour bingo for tailenders all around...with bhuvan, shami, anderson, yadav all scoring big.... Whilst on Yadav....what a waste that he is in OZ.....when his pace could have the english ducking and weaving and just what could have tipped the balance india's way......IMHO he is the first genuine out and out quickie we have ever had....i quite admire the guy's work ethic, he never shirks from bowling, always is high spirited and has a smile......all the best to him

  • on July 15, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Thank God we put Lyon and Boyce in the A side ahead of Steve O'Keefe. Wicket taking is so overrated.

  • Sir_Ivor on July 15, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Nathan Lyon is good. Let us not imagine that he is going to be a disaster in the middle east Tests against Pakistan. If the wickets help Saeed Ajmal, Lyon too will make a mark.I think the India A's batting is good. That may be the reason why Lyon has not performed as well as I thought he would after Saqlain's inputs.

  • Sir_Ivor on July 15, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    It is just that certain conditions suit certain players. Maybe the conditions favour the way Ojha plays. In fact the wicket seems to be playing like the usual ones at Brisbane. There will be something for the bowlers and then something for certain batsmen. That is what we are seeing both in this game and the earlier one as well. I was very impressed with how very much Umesh Yadav has come on possibly with some help from Wasim who is with KKR in the IPL. The important thing for a coach is the ability to communicate with his wards. I feel that is where Joe Dawes has not had a very good impact on the Indian bowlers. I am looking forward to an Indian attack of Yadav,Aaron,Shami and Bhuvi playing together in Australia. I wish for the moment, Umesh Yadav is nice and ready for the WC 2015. He is a strong young man with a physique that is reminiscent of Larwood !! Umesh Yadav showed us all what hitting the ball is all about. I wish he was in England now.He could have been superb

  • xtrafalgarx on July 15, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @Chrismpofu: We need good pitches. If you think about it, what are the odds that a little ball can hit three sticks 22 yards away? Or that the ball just snicks the edge of a chunk of wood and still have enough velocity to carry to a keeper or slip fieldsman 20 meters away? It's not as easy as it seems and dead pitches reduce the chances of these things happening dramatically.

  • LJ253 on July 15, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    I think its fair to say murali has had no impact on lyon. He would have been great for australia's batsmen as he could help them pick the doosra, however murali is as much of a different bowler compared to lyon as shane warne would be.

  • chrismpofu on July 15, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    ECB should not worry about the money of telecast rights, rather prepare some sporting wickets which would make for agood contest between bat and ball.It would also help in not letting the fans move away from the game.If the fans get bored the Boards are Eventually going to bear financial loses.

  • Vilander on July 15, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Fellas imagine if some random american takes a sudden interest in our game suddenly and followed last few weeks of internaltional cricket.He would think numbers 8,9,10 batt better than 1,2,3. So strange suddenly B Kumar, Shami, Anderson,Yadav all sorts of numpties are bloody good in batting.

  • chrismpofu on July 15, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    Umesh yadav soring 90 runs ,well Tailenders scoring big sort of becoming a trend.If we see in the recent times its becoming more n more difficult to get the lower order out cheaply.The quality of bowling is going down considerably all around and level of contest is decreasing. we need good bowlers for this game to flourish.

  • chrismpofu on July 15, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    It is good to see Naman ojha performing so consistently on Autralian soil against a decent attack.Naman is 31 and it might be a little late but at least he is putting his case up in the best possible way.we already have Saha, Parthiv , Dinesh as back up in wicket keeping department and competition is always a welcome sign.

  • Mervo on July 15, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Ojah did well in Australian conditions, although pretty easy ones on this occasion. the runs by tailenders howed what an easy wicket this was later in the innings.

    Cutting also showed his value as well as Yardav. Nice cricket, where the expected ones did not perform, Hughes in particular.

  • mani86 on July 15, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Too all those armchair critics wanting Dhoni to be replaced by Gambhir as captain - pls do talk sense; Gambhir is neither in the Test team nor do a couple of half-baked IPL fifties justify a place in the team.

  • satishchandar on July 15, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Every day the mind of a normal cricket viewer changes.. First they wanted DK for good form in Ranji season - later he failed and got thrown away deservedly. Then Samson for IPL but he was overshadowed by Saha and people were gunning for Saha as second keeper.. Naman was not in the big scoring league i domestic as well as in IPL(where he got only limited chances).. Now Naman scores and they want him in the team.. So what would happen to Saha who is in the wings for sometime now and also proved to get a slo in the team? Keep the selective amnesiastic emotions sideby and think of larger picture.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 15, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Nathan Lyon played in this game so he could get used to bowling to players who are good at spin. That is probably why he got so many overs. But no wickets, in spite of the pacers taking all 10 for not many, suggests that Lyon's place in the team is under serious threat.

  • GRVJPR on July 15, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    How sad! There are better keeper batsmen like MS Dhoni but never gets a chance. Naman Ojha should retire in protest.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Removea dhoni and give captancy to ghambhir.we know captency skills of ghambhir and his is agressive captain. If their is no possible as a opener i would like to send him in 5th position.

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Please deliver India test team free from Dhoni's captainship. Bring in Ojha and make either Gambhir or Kohli as captain.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good to see Naman oja getting back to back hundreds. He will be in odi squad in ausis tour.

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    bring yadav on england tour

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Good luck #lyon for upcoming tour of UAE.Oh boy! Pakistan will be licking their lips

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    naman ojha should be in the Indian test team

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  • on July 15, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    naman ojha should be in the Indian test team

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 15, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Good luck #lyon for upcoming tour of UAE.Oh boy! Pakistan will be licking their lips

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    bring yadav on england tour

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Good to see Naman oja getting back to back hundreds. He will be in odi squad in ausis tour.

  • on July 15, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Please deliver India test team free from Dhoni's captainship. Bring in Ojha and make either Gambhir or Kohli as captain.

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 15, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Removea dhoni and give captancy to ghambhir.we know captency skills of ghambhir and his is agressive captain. If their is no possible as a opener i would like to send him in 5th position.

  • GRVJPR on July 15, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    How sad! There are better keeper batsmen like MS Dhoni but never gets a chance. Naman Ojha should retire in protest.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 15, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Nathan Lyon played in this game so he could get used to bowling to players who are good at spin. That is probably why he got so many overs. But no wickets, in spite of the pacers taking all 10 for not many, suggests that Lyon's place in the team is under serious threat.

  • satishchandar on July 15, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Every day the mind of a normal cricket viewer changes.. First they wanted DK for good form in Ranji season - later he failed and got thrown away deservedly. Then Samson for IPL but he was overshadowed by Saha and people were gunning for Saha as second keeper.. Naman was not in the big scoring league i domestic as well as in IPL(where he got only limited chances).. Now Naman scores and they want him in the team.. So what would happen to Saha who is in the wings for sometime now and also proved to get a slo in the team? Keep the selective amnesiastic emotions sideby and think of larger picture.

  • mani86 on July 15, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Too all those armchair critics wanting Dhoni to be replaced by Gambhir as captain - pls do talk sense; Gambhir is neither in the Test team nor do a couple of half-baked IPL fifties justify a place in the team.